In der Sonne. Um 1920/1925. Oil on canvas. Signed lower right. Verso signed, as well as signed and titled "Im (sic!) d. Sonne" on stretcher. 100 x 101 cm (39.3 x 39.7 in).
PROVENANCE: Private collection Berlin.
EXHIBITION: Galerie del Vecchio, Leipzig (with gallery label on stretcher and the registration number "4659").
'La dolce far niente', sweet idleness, preferably illustrated by young women, is a theme found in many works by the artist. Edward Cucuel, who did not really change his style, which had been influenced by his friend and artist colleague Leo Putz, much, arranged his themes in a sense of a careless world, in which pretty young women have their stage. Whether in comely groups, as it is the case here, or in a dreamy solo pose, the female figure is always at the center, so that the surrounding landscape has more of a staffage character. It is just a frame for the pretty figures which celebrate their privileged existence, dreaming and lost in reverie. This met the taste of an audience, that, confused by the social changes, was not yet willing to accept the new avant-garde. Event though he often shows his motifs in nature, Cucuel, along with just a few of his contemporaries, was one of the last Salon painters.